Tag Archives: piano

Freebie: Technical Requirements Charts for RCM/MDP Practical Exams

Today, I’m sharing a project that I have been working on extensively for the past three weeks.  I am very excited to have this project complete and be able to share it with you! For the last two years, I have entered a couple of students in the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program (previously known […]

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Review & Giveaway: Princess Piano app

Princess Piano is an iPhone/iPad app by the developer Dented Pixel.  I recently stumbled upon this app in the iTunes store, and decided to give it a whirl! When you first open the app, it allows you to login under your own name.  The app’s settings allow you to change players, and to choose the […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my fellow teachers! A reader recently shared this photo on the Color In My Piano facebook page, of valentines created using last year’s printable design.  Love it!! If you have photos of how your valentines turned out, I’d love to see them.  :)

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Piano Valentine Printable #2

Remember the piano valentines I made last year? I was wasn’t planning to design a new music-themed valentine this year — but when inspiration struck, I just had to design it! Is it a heart, or is it a piano?!  Well, it’s both!  :) This design is simpler and easier to assemble than last year’s […]

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Updated Beginner Piano Signs Printable

I’ve added a new sign to the pdf pack called “Signs for Beginner Piano,” which I originally posted in September.  This new sign shows the 2 mnemonics I use when I teach piano: You can find the whole pdf on the Printables > Other Resources page, and scroll down to the S’s for “Signs for […]

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Forum Q&A: Duet Repertoire Suggestions

Our previous Forum Q&A post was about Christmas gifts for piano students.  We received a LOT of responses — thank you!  I will definitely be consulting that post again next year when Christmas rolls around! Our new Forum Q&A is a topic suggested by a reader.  She says: “My New Years resolution in my studio […]

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Printable: Black Key Group Sorting Cards

A new free Printable has been added to the Printables page: These cards are a great manipulative to use with young beginners when you are first introducing them to the keyboard.  Students can use the cards to build a keyboard on the floor, alternating the groups of 2 and 3 black keys.  Or, students can […]

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So, You Want To Be A Composer? – 2012 Summer Camp Details

Last week, I held my second summer music camp for my piano students!  It was called, “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”  I am so excited to share with you some details about our camp.  We had a really great week! Here’s where all the magic happened:

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Spell-A-Keyboard Game

This morning with my homeschool music class, I played this game with my students: As I was lesson planning last night, I was trying to think of a new way to practice the names of the piano keys.  My homeschool music class is mostly a music history class, but we’ve been learning basic music/piano concepts […]

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Spring Recital Details

As I mentioned yesterday, our Spring Recital was Saturday!  Here’s how it went down: It was held at the local library.  They have an atrium with a Steinway baby grand piano.  In the past, I’ve always held recitals at churches (and once at a school).  I look for churches with grand pianos that can be […]

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Review: Daniel McFarlane’s Repertoire for Students

Australian composer Daniel McFarlane has composed a number of student-level repertoire books which are available on his website.  Daniel was kind enough to send me digital copies of his books so I could review them here. In appearance, all of Daniel’s books have easy-to-read scores with no illustrations.  The titles of each piece are in […]

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The Amazing Keyboard Race

I had a wonderful extended weekend in Michigan, giving my presentations and spending time with my family!  Now I’m busy back at work, playing catch-up.  :)  However, I do have a little game I’d like to share with you today. I am not the original inventor of this game, I’m sure — but in case […]

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